Paper Creations: The Beginner's Origami Resource
Origami is the
Japanese art of folding paper. In Japanese, ori means
“folding” while kami means “paper”. Started around the 17th
century AD, it has grown to become one of the most popular pastimes
in the world. Origami involves the
folding and sculpting
of a flat piece of paper into a sculpture without the use of glue or
origin of origami is a subject of speculation. Though most
people would think that origami originated from Japan, countries
like China, Spain, and Germany are also believed to have their own
paper folding traditions. The picture of an origami boat can be
discerned in the 1490 edition of Johannes de Sacrobosco’s
Tractatus de Sphaera Mundi. The earliest reference to
origami in Japan appeared in
Ihara Saikaku’s 1680 poem when he wrote “The butterflies in
Rosei’s dream would be origami”. In Shinto wedding ceremonies,
origami butterflies were used to symbolize the bride and the
groom. As early as the Muromachi era, samurai warriors practiced the
art of ceremonial origami by creating
Noshi, which was a kind of good luck charm.
The father of modern origami is
Yoshizawa. Along with
Kosho Uchiyama and other origami masters, Yoshizawa began to
create and record original works of origami in the early 1900s.
Yoshizawa developed such innovative folding techniques like
as well as the
Yoshizawa-Randlett diagramming system. Yoshizawa’s work sparked
off a renaissance in origami which is still alive and thriving
Origami is usually done on square
paper which can be as small as 2.5cm or as big as 25cm. These
prepackaged papers are available in most stationery stores. Most
origami papers are white on one side and colored on the other. Other
types of origami papers are
washi, artisan papers, and even paper money. Nowadays, origami
is not just confined to the butterfly or the crane. It has expanded
into various branches like
origami, modular origami, wetfolding, pureland origami, origami
tessellations, and kirigami.
General Origami Information
- Origami Database:
Possibly the most comprehensive origami database on the Internet.
Basic Instructions: Provides information on the basics of
origami covering symbols, types of fold, and more.
Folds: Learn how to do the valley fold, mountain fold, book
fold, diagonal fold, inside-V fold, and more.
- Folds &
Symbols: Shows the basic folds and symbols of origami.
Making Origami: Learn more origami techniques like the gate
fold, outside reverse fold, cushion fold, squash fold, balloon
base, bird base, and more.
Origami in Japan: An overview of the history of origami in
- K’s Origami:
The website has an animated studio, folding gallery, fractional
library, and spherical window.
History of Origami: A more detailed look at the history of
Collections of Tutorials
Endangered Species: Offers instructions to make origami sea
turtle and origami blue whale.
Folding Hearts: Provides folding instructions for two simple
hearts, a token of love, and love links.
Paper Crafting: Shows how to make house, simple fox, simple
pig, box, dog face, and more.
Origami: An extensive collection of easy origami like a whale,
a tulip, a horse, a sunflower, and more.
Many diagrams for easy origami including cup, envelope, flapping
bird, frog, sailboat, and others.
Let’s Make Origami: The website has tutorials for easy,
medium, and hard origami.
- Zen of Origami: A
gallery of origami diagrams from beginner up to expert level.
Origami Fun: The lessons show how to make simple origami like
lucky star, pelican, jumping frog, ladybug, and more.
Frog: Provides instructions on folding a jumping paper frog.
Traditional Shuriken: Learn how to make this two-piece
Valentine: Shows how to make a simple valentine with a dollar
Snowman with Santa Hat: An original creation by Joseph Wu, a
well known origami master.
Fortune Teller: Offers step-by-step instructions to make this
fun origami toy.
Simple Box: Beginners would find this box to be very easy to
Barking Dog: Come here to learn how to fold an action model
Crane: A good place to learn how to make an origami crane.
Tammy Yee shows how you can make a simple origami fish.